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Are directional cell phone antennas useful?


Specifically I was looking at a Wilson 314411 Yagi antenna, but don't necessarily limit any experiences to that antenna.  I just seems to me that if you are in an area with weak cell phone signal you could mount a directional antenna on a pole and point it at the nearest cell tower to get better reception.  I'm just wondering they are worth the $100 or investment.



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I can't relate to the directional antennas, although they may be better than omnidirectional ones.  However, my experience with cell signals in the past have been that the signal was blocked by a mountain ridge between me and the antenna, even with an antenna mounted on a "pole" and attached to the ladder on our RV.  In such a case, I'm not sure that even the directional antennas would be effective enough.

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Directional antennas are nearly always more effective than omni-directional antennas. It's an old saying in the antenna design world that omni's are "equally bad in all directions." For mobile use such as cell phones, omni's are the only practical antennas for the majority of situations. In a fixed location though, a highly directional yagi antenna for instance, will always bring in a stronger signal.

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